OM to Prosecute Geert Wilders on Charges of Discrimination
18 december 2014
The Public Prosecution Service (OM) in The Hague will prosecute Geert Wilders on suspicion of insulting a population group based on race and inciting hatred and discrimination. The immediate cause are the remarks he made about Moroccans on 12 and 19 March 2014 in The Hague, which resulted in over 6400 police reports filed all over the country.
Freedom of speech means that politicians should not feel limited in saying what they want, but this freedom has its boundaries, especially when it comes to discrimination.
On 9 October 2014, the OM announced that Geert Wilders was considered to be a suspect and that prosecution would stand to reason. On 8 December 2014, Geert Wilders was heard as a suspect, which examination did not put things in a different light. Geert Wilders rendered a statement and did not answer the questions from the National Criminal Investigation Service. After this examination, the final decision to prosecute him was taken.